Join Date: May 2014
Location: Rural Minnesota
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You are correct that the Armadillos are heavier and stiffer than many tires but for non-competitive riding it isn't going to make a huge difference. You'll notice it on climbs and if you sprint, but for long, steady paces they'll be just fine. I'm not sure what tire you replaced, so I can't say if your armadillos will be faster but if speed is your thing, you aren't going to like them. The weight penalty is offset by the Armadillos extreme flat resistance. I have yet to have a flat and I'm on my second set and have ridden a lot of crappy roads. I'm not getting the 6,000 miles that bikejrff is, more like 3,500 miles, but the set I replaced is still usable and I keep them for backup, perhaps they have another 1,000 to 1,500 in them. I frequently ride alone far from home on isolated back roads, sometimes at night or in foul weather, so the peace of mind is worth the extra weight for me.
Because I like the All Condition Armadillo Elites in 25mm, I decided to try the Hemisphere Armadillos (no Elite, wire bead) in 38mm on my touring bike that I use both on and off pavement. Holy crap these things are heavy. I'll use them for touring and training, but for an actual event, I'm going to need something else.
Last edited by GravelMN; 05-11-14 at 06:04 AM.